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Robot Hacks Sessions

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Join our Robot Hacks Google+ community and connect with makers from all over as we explore the world of open source robots – from concept, to architecture to design and more.

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Build your own open source robot.

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Print your own robot on a 3D printer.

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Meet some of the best minds in the 21st Century Robots space.

Past Sessions

11/3: Brian David Johnson, Gui Cavalcanti, Wayne Losey, David Barrett, and Ross Mead

Robot hacks 21st century robot

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Join us at Olin College in Boston as Brian David Johnson shares his vision and process in creating the 21st Century Robot and hear from the team involved in bringing Jimmy to life.

11/6: Michael Overstreet

Humanoid robot hobbyist and enthusiast

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Humanoid robot hobbyist and enthusiast. A team presentation featuring Michael Overstreet (I, bioloid) My 3d printed humanoid robotic projects; Michael Curry (Makerbot) 3d printed DangerBall; Aaron Park (Robotis) open sourced DARwIn-mini; Dr. Chi Thai (University of Georgia) and Matthew Paulishen  (University of Georgia) programing the open sourced CM-904; Lem Fugitt (Robotdreams) Robotics outside of the US; Erin (RobotGrrl) Kennedy RoboBrrd and my 3d printed robot; Heriberto Reynoso (robotics teacher) teaching kids how to build and program robots.

11/13: Gael Langevin & Chuck Fletcher – InMoov

Humanoid robot hobbyist and enthusiast

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InMoov is Gael Langevin’s personal project and was initiated in January 2012 after buying a 3D printer. It’s the first Open Source life-size 3D printed robot. It all started with the design of a hand, that can be used as a prosthetic. Replicable on any home 3D printer, it is conceived as a development platform for Universities, laboratories, hobbyists, but first of all for Makers. Join Gael and Chuck as they talk about InMoov, from conception to reality.

11/20: Robot Hacks Finale – Team “Show and Tell”

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Join the MAKE editors and Robot Hacks Maker Masters as we check in with Robot Hacks teams for a Show and Tell. You will not want to miss this exciting Robot Hacks Finale!

About Maker Sessions

Robot Hacks is the latest Maker Session presented by Make magazine and GE. This 3 week program is designed to engage teams of makers around the world to participate in an open source “Robot Hacking and Making” program.

Making and hacking:Live online events using a Google Plus community to bring together makers online and at physical locations for hacking and making. Maker Sessions are organized around a theme or a purpose – to look at technologies that enable new applications and to encourage people of all skill levels and interests to participate in the development of ideas and applications.

Hacking the hackathon: Bring makers together where they live and work – at home, at a university or at makerspaces. Explore opportunities to do something cool – something that perhaps nobody else is doing. Learn from master makers about an application area and discover cool maker projects.

Recent Robotics Posts

Bruce Strauss’ Colebot robotic cooler will open and deliver your favorite bottled beverages

Coleman cooler robot opens and delivers cold beverages on-demand

The robot is one part cooler and multiple parts robot, controlled by an RC controller. Bruce Strauss’ Colebot robotic cooler uses an Arduino as the brains for serving drinks and sits on a RC wheelchair platform for maneuverability.

Photo: Harvard’s Wyss Institute

A $100 Origami Robot That Folds Itself Up and Walks Away

I have a thing for low-tech robots, especially when they’re made from everyday stuff. The body of this new little robot bug from MIT and Harvard, described last week in the latest issue of Science, is made from a five-layer sandwich of copper traces, paper, and shape-memory polymer — the […]

Better Tea Brewing with DIY Robotics

Better Tea Brewing with DIY Robotics

I’m surprised that I haven’t already seen a tea-brewing robot in an issue of Skymall, because I think it’s just the sort of luxury item that would really appeal to someone on their second or third bloody mary. Luckily, you can just go ahead a make yourself one in less […]

Paper Animatronics

Paper Animatronics

Animatronics grew out of the desire to break the limitations of animated films to bring characters into the real world.  Our goal is to create the illusion of life with electronic creatures of our own design to tell an original story.  Traditionally, animatronics has been the sole province of highly skilled artists […]

The Mantis Rideable Hexapod

The Mantis Rideable Hexapod

Hexapods, mechanical creatures with six legs, can be one of the easier ways to make a walking robot. A hexapod was one of my first robotics projects, and it turned out great. Great for being around 4 inches tall that is! If you’d like inspiration to build something much bigger, […]


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Robot Hacks Masters

Gael Langevin is a French modelmaker and sculptor. He works for the biggest brands since more than 25 years.
InMoov is his personal project and it was initiated in January 2012 after buying a 3D printer. It is the first Open Source life-size 3D printed robot.

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Chuck Fletcher has been trying to integrate “making” into his work and play for the last 10 years. In 2005, He created the first GPS enabled social network called Mologogo (just for fun) and 5 years later convinced his advertising agency, Havas WW NY to create a Hackerspace within the agency. His build of the Open Source InMoov 3D printed animatronic robot (Designed by Gael Langevin) at the 2013 World Makerfaire in New York attracted big crowds and won two Makerfaire ribbons; Editors Choice and Educators choice. Besides the InMoov project, Chuck has been working on a 3D printed quadra copter using hardware based on the Arducopter project.

He is a computer programmer by day and an amateur roboticist by night. Michael and his humanoid robot Boomer have competed in the last six Robogames and have won multiple bronze, silver and gold metals. For the past 3 years he has been experimenting with 3D printed robot designs at his local hackerspace (Cowtown Computer Congress Kansas City, MO) which he is a founding member of. He is an active member of the 3D printer community and he is working on his own 3d printer design. He also has been a grass roots supporter of the Kansas City Maker Faire as well as attending all of the national Maker Faires. People who are interested in his adventures in robotics should check out his blog “I, Bioloid”. He is currently exploring open-source 3D printed robotics.

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Aaron Park is the Director of ROBOTIS,INC. and Founder of Robot Edutainment. Aaron has been working to develop the next generation of robotics through students in the U.S.  His goal is to encourage and advance the capability and usability of innovative application through the infusion of robotics in STEAM educational curricula and research. He has been actively working with various US research institutions to foster academic excellence and professional development, increase student engagement, and improve learning outcomes. His interest is to educate, prepare, and provide the Makers Community with essential skills in robotics to become successful future inventors and innovators.

Dr. Chi Thai teaches and does research at the University of Georgia in the areas of Spectroscopy and Machine Vision for agricultural applications.  Since 2007, he had been using Robotis systems for teaching robotics from 5th graders to university-level engineering students.  He is currently working on Theatre Robotics and Agricultural Robotics (plant health and pest detection).

RobotGrrl creates do-it-yourself robots with the big idea that these will be the toys for the future. She aims to inspire everyone to make their own imaginative creatures as functional robots. Erin successfully launched her first robot kit, RoboBrrd, on Indiegogo. She was a top-20 finalist in the Intel EYE50 contest, and is a multiple Maker Faire Editor’s Choice blue ribbon recipient.

With limited resources, began building robots at the age of 14 for national competitions. He interned three times as an undergraduate before becoming a contractor at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA and Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, CA. He developed code for spy planes used by the Air Force Research Laboratory automating camera calibration procedures, low Earth orbit satellites utilizing Android phones dubbed PhoneSat, and interfaces for missions such as MoonRise (2016) and Mars Sample Return set for 2018. Thereafter, Reynoso created a startup company called Reybotics to develop summer robotics camps and robotics kits tailored to motivate the next generation of scientists and engineers. The Robotics Summer Valley Program (RSVP) held at the University of Texas at Brownsville accepts 48 area students every summer between the ages of 14-17 and exposes them to the world of robotics through college level courses in Physics, Biology, Computer Science, and Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in the classroom. More importantly, the program teaches them to apply those skills with hands-on activities and theme-based competitions to test out their creations.

Author of the 21st Century Robot and Intel Futurist. Brian explores the world of science fiction prototyping techniques in his new book as he tells us the stories about robots and shares the process used to make them real.

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The founder of Artisan’s Asylum in Boston, co-founder of Project Hexapod, former systems integrator and mechanical engineer at Boston Dynamics.

iToy maker, cross-media designer, tinker- Part of the independent comics movement in the 80’s, 20 years as a professional toy designer and creative director for mega-scale toy brands like Star wars, GI Joe, Jurassic Park, and Pokemon. Co-founder of Dynamo Development Labs – a design firm exploring the nexus of user-centered play systems, our connection to stories, and the boutique future of toys.

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Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Design at Olin College. His robotics class is currently working on making Jimmy talk.

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Ph.D Research Fellow in the Computer Science Dept. at USC. His robotics class is currently working on making Jimmy talk.

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Matthew Paulishen is currently pursuing his Master in Engineering at the College of Engineering of The University of Georgia.  He has been working on Robotis robotic systems since 2010, from Bioloid to DARwIn-OP and CM-9s.  He adapted the HaViMo2 camera and the PyPose/BioloidController system onto the current CM-9 IDE.

Lem Fugitt has been fascinated by robots since he first saw Robbie the Robot in ‘Forbidden Planet’ as a child. During his career he developed test plans for instrumentation and feedback systems used in the space program, robot cell simulation systems for use in the automotive industry, and strategic planning for companies involved in factory automation and semiconductor development. He has lived and worked in Japan for over 25 years. Around the time he built his first humanoid robot, in 2004, he founded the popular Robots Dreams website to promote interest in the field. The website was joined a few years later by the Robots Dreams YouTube channel featuring unique insight into robotics and related events. In addition to his work as an industry management consultant, he is a frequent contributor of feature articles and product reviews to ROBOT Magazine and has supplied video footage to major television networks in Japan, the U.S., and the U.K. His current projects include the application of 3D printing to robot design.

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